WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the request of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the District of Columbia has agreed to waive nearly $27,000 worth of unpaid parking tickets and citations issued to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.
According to the D.C. Department of Public Works, which oversees parking enforcement in the nation’s capital, Clinton, who served under Obama as Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, routinely parked illegally, “often in front of fire hydrants or in spaces specifically designated for disabled veterans or handicapped individuals.” Due to her position at the State Department, officials say Clinton’s vehicle – a fire engine red Porsche 911 – was never towed, only ticketed.
“After a thorough investigation, we have determined that Mrs. Clinton is not liable for some one hundred seventy tickets and citations issued to her vehicle during her tenure at the Department of State,” Chris Shorter, Acting Director of the D.C. Department of Public Works, said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Shorter said DPW officials lacked sufficient evidence to prove Mrs. Clinton, rather than her personal valet, had been the vehicle’s primary operator at the time. “Regrettably, the parking control officer responsible for issuing citations in that particular area was killed in a hit-and-run in May of 2014 and was therefore unable to shed light on Clinton’s involvement,” Cathy Piper, an attorney for the D.C. Department of Public Works, told The Washington Post.
The Department of State on Tuesday announced that it has launched its own investigation into the matter, focusing primarily on forty-four year-old Roger Harris who served as Clinton’s personal valet from 2008 until late 2012. “Mr. Harris has a bit of a reputation as a bad driver,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters. Kirby said officials were looking into Harris’ driving record. “There could be repercussions,” Kirby said, adding that as a youth, Mr. Harris received a “substantial” number of demerit points on his driver’s licence.